Buyer's Guide: Choosing A Paper Cutter

Buyer's Guide: Choosing A Paper Cutter
Choosing a Paper Cutter can be confusing... there are so many choices! It can be hard to find the right paper cutter for your individual specific needs, but we have made it easy by examining and testing the different paper cutters available (including rotary trimmers, guillotine cutters, stack cutters, electric cutters, hydraulic cutters, and foam board cutters or specialty cutters) on the market and providing you with this easy-to-choose-from guide to help you choose the perfect cutter. This informative paper cutter product evaluation explains the differences between the variety of cutters and trimmers available. Now you can learn about all of the different cutting methods so that you can make a proper and informed decision before you purchase. We cut through the competition!

  • Business Card Cutters: Paper cutters used specifically for cutting sheets down multiple 2" x 3-1/2" cards are considered business card cutters. These cutters are available in a variety of options including manual and electric. Different models accept different formats including 4 up, 8 up, 10 up, and 12 up in both standard and gutter cut for full bleeds.


  • Rotary: A great choice for precision cutting, rotary trimmers (cutters) use a round blade (usually self-sharpening) that is safely enclosed in a cutting unit. This unit is attached to and slides on stabilizing bars. For lower volume trimmers, there is usually one bar and for more commercial use, there are generally two stabalizing bars. As the cutting unit slides across the bars, in either direction, the blade cuts the paper.


  • Guillotine: Used for cutting through stacks of paper at one time, guillotine cutters are intended for higher volume usage. After the stack of paper is arranged on the cutter, a clamping mechanism is locked into place holding the paper down. A slightly angled, full length blade is then brought down and cuts across the stack of paper. Guillotine cutters are available in a wide variety of cutting capacities as well as manual and automatic versions.


  • Electric: An Electric Paper Cutter is an efficient way to precisely cut thick stacks of paper quickly and easily. Electric Paper Cutters are heavy duty; ideal for high volume or industrial situations. Electric Paper Cutting Machines allow a user to power through stacks of paper up to 3" thick.


  • Hydraulic: Hydraulic Paper Cutters will handle the largest cutting job requirements your production shop will have. Cutting up to 4" stacks of paper, these machines are the industry leaders in producttion.


  • Foam Cutters: Similar to the rotary trimmers, the foam cutters also use a cutting unit that slides along a metal bar. Foam cutters, however, are designed to cut through Styrofoam and mounting boards. This type of cutter is available in wide format up to 63".

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